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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

We are certified Microchip design partners, and have been in the top catagory consistantly since around 2000. Various free downloads related to developing PIC firmware and other things are available at http://www.embedinc.com/pic/dload.htm.


Feb
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answered Good resources for information about hiking trails near Boston
Feb
4
comment May hiking in Eastern California
If you don't want to deal with much snow, try going east a little since that will be in the rain shadow of the Sierras. I haven't been to that area in May, so I don't really know, but the White Mountains east of Owens valley might be something to look at. Or maybe even a little further to the area of Wheeler Peak. I think temperatures in the desert will be more moderate then, so that could be interesting, especially if you've never been to a desert.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
@DonB: I don't remember a episode where lawyers got envolved. Could you elaborate? Even though Les has to manage the cameras all by himself, I find the camera work of Man vs Wild more annoying. The guy pans and zooms way too much while you're trying to watch. It seems to have gotten worse lately so I stopped watching. Dual Survival also seems quite staged at times, although it can be fun to watch the two together. Cody knows what he's doing, but is a preachy prick a lot, and the new guy Joe sometimes does dumb stuff. The previous guy Dave was better.
Feb
3
answered How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
Feb
3
revised What areas in the south-western US are the wildest?
Removed the political rant and lef just the question.
Feb
3
comment How to create campfire which will burn overnight?
The trick to a long lasting fire is to limit the oxygen to it. Your pyramid stack would do the opposite. You'd get a really roaring fire for a relatively short time for the amount of wood used. Also I suspect Bear regularly attends to the fire during the night. There is a lot of stuff they don't show you. I like Survivorman better. Les does things ordinary people can do (Bear is a former special forces guy), and it's less staged.
Feb
1
comment Minimizing ecological impact of winter-sports in the backcountry
It depends a lot on the snow conditions too. Alpine tundra is the most fragile of the vegetations you mention, but it is also usually covered with the hardest snow. Just 3 inches of hard snow should protect it well enough. Look at your tracks. Are you hitting ground, or is there always a layer of snow under your footprints?
Feb
1
comment What is the main purpose of the foam inside a self-inflating mat?
@Kevin: It depends on how much you weigh. The way these pads work is that the inflation pressure effectively sets the firmness. You want the pressure such that the point on your body that pokes into the pad the most (usually hip when lying on your side) just touches the ground. Less inflation and it's hitting the presumably hard ground. More inflation and the pad starts approaching hard ground itself. These pads seem to be just thick enough for this to work.
Feb
1
answered What is the main purpose of the foam inside a self-inflating mat?
Jan
28
answered Minimizing impact of small groups on wilderness areas
Jan
28
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
@gerrit: I don't know specifically about snow mobiles. Generally motorized vehicles are prohibited except for emergency situations. However, a lot of places (not Wilderness Areas) that have a motorized vehicle ban do allow snow mobiles during part of the year or when there is some minimum snow depth. I don't know if there is one unified rule for Wilderness or if it's up to each one. My guess is that snow mobiles are not allowed.
Jan
28
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
@Jan: No, Wilderness Areas (upper case, not lower case) in the US explicitly do NOT have roads. Some may have remnants of old roads from before they were legally designatd wilderness areas, but these are now only trails (not for motorized vehicles).
Jan
24
comment How long does it take to hear back about a Grand Canyon Backcountry permit application
Wouldn't asking them be the obvious thing to do?
Jan
23
comment How can I make a snow shoe in the wilderness from commonly available materials and simple tools?
Seriously, the old "bear paw" type of snowshoe was a bent stick frame with some type of cordage as webbing. I have never actually tried to make one myself though.
Jan
23
comment How can I make a snow shoe in the wilderness from commonly available materials and simple tools?
Nope, snowshoes can only be made by little elves in a hollow tree or a suitable factory.
Jan
22
answered Packing delicate equipment for a hike
Jan
22
revised Is a national forest always a forest?
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Jan
22
answered Is a national forest always a forest?
Jan
18
revised Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
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revised Hiking popularity in North America vs. Europe
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